What’s New in the 282 Year Old City
There is a great deal new in the first city of Georgia. From the arts, to high education, fashion, restaurants, breweries and hotels, it is all happening in and around the National Historic Landmark District.
The Savannah Cultural Arts Center
is planned to be a true “hands-on” center for the arts. Along with the to-be-expected art galleries and performing arts stage, will be art studios, support offices, and workshops for local and regional artists as well as for any Savannahians who would like to take a try at the arts. The project is “on-schedule” and will rise at Montgomery and Oglethorpe Streets near the Savannah Civic Center.
Also in the works is The Blake,
a block-long complex of residences for students. This will be along Selma Avenue just west of Martin Luther King Boulevard at the Historic District.
On Broughton Street,
the new H&M Fashion Department Store is under construction as part of the total shopping district renovation.
Published in Architectural Digest, and named as one of the top new restaurants in America,
The Grey was originally a Greyhound Bus Station. What a contrast this building has traveled, from its segregated past– to today’s American success story.
By far the most exciting project in planning stages for Savannah is Plant Riverside,
an adaptive reuse of the old power plant on West River Street. The several blocks-long development will feature a large boutique hotel, along with restaurants, shops, music venue and more. This will be the third exceptionally fabulous project in Savannah by Kessler Hotels Group.
New Odds & Bad Ends:
Adjacent to mid-century modern Drayton Tower, two five-story buildings are to be constructed as an upscale hotel called Perry Lane. Great concept, but the preliminary design provided looks really dreadful, below.
The Doesn’t End Well plan:
And, finally, a few recent shots of SCAD: